Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Minnesota law protects dogs, cats used in some research from euthanasia

Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Scientific and educational facilities operated by, or in collaboration with, Minnesota colleges and universities that receive public money will no longer be allowed to euthanize dogs and cats used in research without offering them to a rescue group first. Although this law was passed in May, I only read about it in the most recent […]

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Saving Clayton: How social media is changing pet rescue

Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Have you ever shared the story of a pet in need on social media? You’re part of a movement. From my co-writer Kim Campbell Thornton in this week’s Pet Connection: In January, a sporting dog rescue group asked Lori-Lynn Clayton of San Angelo, Texas, to go look at a dog in her local shelter thought […]

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Working for a Fear Free world for cats!

Monday, Jul 14th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I want veterinary visits to be Fear-Free for all animals, but it’s the cats who really break my heart. I shared this image on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: One of the people who saw it, Judi Krawczyk Cole, left this comment: My girl cat Maggie – who is, really, no more […]

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Getting a dog? Planning makes perfect

Friday, Jul 11th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We all know the feeling: We see a well-trained dog in a movie or on TV, or watch a dog show, or randomly encountering an exotic breed on the street, and think, “I want a dog just like that one!” Going on the search for a dog based on that feeling is a recipe for […]

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Pets can be hard on electronics

Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your dog has swallowed your remote or your cat has thrown up a hairball on your smartphone, you’re not alone. A survey released last month by Square Trade found that 28 million pet owners have had a pet damage an electronic device, with smartphones accounting for almost 30 percent of the damaged items. Electronics […]

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